The controverisal Strata tower, dubbed ‘The Razor’, has been named the overall winner at the 2010 Concrete Society Awards
The 43-storey scheme in Elephant & Castle, south London by BFLS (formerly Hamiltons) beat a host of schemes by big name architects including David Chipperfield, Hopkins Architects, Caruso St John, MUMA and Alsop Architects.
Describing the much-criticised building, the judges said: ‘This building is striking architecturally, a considerable feat of construction on this restricted site…” The judges particularly cited Strata’s innovative column strategy: in order to accommodate the building’s tapering upper section and the slimmer footprint at ground level, ‘walking columns’ ensured standard storey heights whilst minimising the use of reinforced concrete.
Other shortlisted schemes:
Chips Building, Manchester by Alsop Architects
Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, V&A by MUMA
Newton and Arkwright ‘Link’ Building, Nottingham Trent University by Hopkins Architects
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire by Caruso St John
The Hepworth, Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects (pictured below)